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15 October 2017

Leroy Rosenior

Leroy Rosenior says Brighton & Hove Albion's calm approach under Chris Hughton will be a key component for the club in their debut season in the Premier League.

Rosenior, now a Premier League pundit on the global stage, confessed an allegiance to the Albion with his son Liam playing at the club and told, "I am really pleased to have seen Brighton make the start they have and they should be pleased too.

"They have the right attitude, and the right approach. They look organised, the players know what they are doing and there is a really good spirit amongst the side.

"You can't try to outplay these sides in the Premier League. Chris is always someone who is calm under pressure - and the team look calm under pressure. When they come under pressure, they know they have got to see things out."

Rosenior, speaking in Bengaluru at the Premier League Live Event, added, "If you go toe-to-toe with teams from the start, they'll tear you apart.

"You have to stay in games to get something. It's really important to get into the latter stages of the games, still with something to play for - and that gives you much more chance of winning games.

"In their last game, maybe they could have been a bit more positive, but then they were playing Arsenal at the Emirates. However, what was noticeable, was as soon as the confidence came into the side, they really came into the game late on and it was a really good way to finish the game.

"Okay they lost, but at this level it is also important how you finish games and what you can take forward - and as Liam's dad, I am really pleased with how Brighton have taken to life in the Premier League.

"I have always been proud of Liam from the day he was born and will be until the day I die, and I am glad he is back in Premier League and enjoying it.

"He has got another opportunity at the top level and he deserves it, as he is a good person and has worked so hard to get back there."

Rosenior senior is equally proud to see his old friend and former West Ham United teammate Hughton back at the top level of English football - and puts it down to a combination of managerial ability, attitude and a tremendous work ethic.

"Chris is a top man. I played with him and have known him for a long time. On top of that, being a British manager, it is fantastic to see him getting the opportunity in the Premier League, but thirdly, he is also there as a role model to aspiring black and ethnic minority coaches.

"That is really important. If you don't have black or ethnic minority managers at the top of the game, nobody else will feel they can reach that level - but what is equally important for any aspiring coach to realise is the way Chris has done it.

"You don't hear him shouting from the rooftops, he has quietly gone about his business and he's got his rewards because of his ability and a lot of very hard work - and that is the most important thing. You don't get opportunities because you are British, because you are black, you get things because of hard work.

"There are a lack of opportunities for British managers, and in society in general, black people get fewer opportunities, but that is part of life and to get something out of it you just have to work harder than the next guy - and that is exactly what Chris has done.

"He's got great ability, he shows great attention to detail, he cares about people and people care about him - and that shows on the pitch."

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